The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best sellers

Here is a list of the most popular books sold last month at Books Inc. in the Marina:

1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah
2. Good Material, by Dolly Alderton
3. First Lie Wins, by Ashley Elston

1. Burn Book: A Tech Love Story, by Kara Swisher
2. The Holy Grail of Investing: The World’s Greatest Investors Reveal Their Ultimate Strategies for Financial Freedom, by Tony Robbins
3. Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection, by Charles Duhigg

1. Dune, by Frank Herbert
2. Before We Were Innocent, by Ella Berman
3. Fangirl Down, by Tessa Bailey

1. Killers of the Flower Moon, by Davi Grann
2. The Shortest History of Israel and Palestine: From Zionism to Intifadas and the Struggle for Peace, by Michael Scott-Baumann
3. Solito: a Memoir, by Javier Zamora

1. Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas
2. Grumpy Monkey Spring Fever, by Suzanne & Max Lang
3. Winter Turning: Wings Of Fire, vol. 7, by Tui T. Sutherland


The Familiar, by Leigh Bardugo
In Madrid, under the reigns of the king and the Catholic Church, during the time of the Inquisition, lives a scullion maid named Luzia who is hiding her ability to create little miracles such as restoring burned bread to new and stitching torn dresses. Luzia is hiding not only her abilities but also her Jewish lineage, both of which could get her executed for heresy. Bardugo (Hell Bent) masterfully weaves magical realism with historical fiction and romance, which makes this book impossible to put down. Great for fans of Rebecca Ross, Heather Fawcett and Holly Black.

Close to Death, by Anthony Horowitz
A quiet sanctuary comprising six houses that sit behind locked gates in a rumbling city, Riverside Close is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of the Kentworthys, who bring with them loud cars, loud children and a loud desire to build a swimming pool. The neighbors are appalled, so there’s no dearth of suspects when Charles Kentworthy is found dead with a crossbow bolt through his chest. Horowitz has perfected metafiction to the point where the reader settles in comfortably for the fifth time as the self-deprecating author engages with the prickly Hawthorne to create a crime novel based on his investigations. An absolutely engrossing tale, including a locked-room second murder, written with the abundance of whimsy and dark humor that seems to permeate nearly everything that Horowitz creates.

An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
As speechwriter and advisor to JFK, RFK and LBJ, Dick Goodwin wrote some of the most powerful speeches of the 1960s, a time when America was catapulting from the New Frontier to the Great Society and challenged by upheaval at home and abroad. Although he and Doris Kearns were moons orbiting the same political planets, they did not meet until 1972, when both were working at Harvard. Their adjacent experiences and shared passion for politics, justice, and the presidency was the foundation of a love that would last until Goodwin’s death in 2018. As befits all great researchers and eyewitnesses to history, the Goodwins collected a vast trove of archival material from their years as presidential advisers and authors, and it is this unparalleled source material that historian, biographer and political commentator Kearns Goodwin mines to galvanizing effect in a memoir that purrs with beguiling intimacy and bubbles with effervescent appreciation for an exceptional marriage during more than four decades of profound mutual engagement with politics, social struggles and each other.

Chris Hsiang can help you find your next book at Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., 415-931-3633,

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